Orlando: Bioluminescence Kayak Tour

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Orlando: Bioluminescence Kayak Tour

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In the summer months the brackish waters of the Banana River host a magical phenomena, the bioluminescence. Just imagine everything in the waters that move glow. Glowing fish, manatee, and dolphin swimming under your kayak! Bright glowing splashing!

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  • Paddling warm shallow areas with glowing dolphin, manatee, and fish
  • Anything in the water that moves glows, including your kayak paddle or hand.
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The source of our “living lights”—bioluminescence—is dinoflagellates,  single-celled organisms common in marine environments. Each bioluminescent dinoflagellate flashes only a fraction of a second when disturbed by water movement, but its high concentrations in the warm Indian River water create beautiful bluish-white trails of light caused by swimming fish and paddling kayakers. A swimming manatee may be completely concealed in a spectacular, other-worldly cloud of “living light!” Upon arriving at the park, check in with the trip leaders which includes signing a mandatory release of liability and assumption of risk form. You will be outfitted with a life jacket, kayak, and paddle. After some brief instruction, we will paddle as a group in search of the “living lights.” Most tours last a couple of hours, however, if the bioluminescence is super bright and dolphins or manatee show up on the scene, well . . . time just doesn’t matter.
  • Kayaks or Canoe, all paddling gear, lights for your kayak, bottled water, instruction, and guides
  • Bug spray, flashlights, or tips to your guides.

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    Meeting point

    Parrish Park 1 A. Max Brewer Memorial Pkwy Titusville, FL 32796

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    What to bring

    • Insect repellent
    • Cash
    • Outdoor clothing

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Smoking
    • Alcohol and drugs

    Know before you go

    • Please show up a few minutes early. The tour group leaves at 8:15
    • Wear clothes that can get wet. Bring bug spray.
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    4.6 /5

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    We had contacted ourselves about the weather / storm when it turned out that we had received the wrong location. Good that we called ourselves and on time otherwise we would have stood somewhere for nothing and lost our money. now we had to drive for more than 40 minutes, very poorly organized, the guide has to solve everything while his boss makes the reservations. please contact us about this because of course this should not be possible.

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    October 12, 2018

    June 21, 2021

    the photos you can see on the site are not necessarily representative of what you will be able to see .... but the experience is interesting

    July 25, 2018

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